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Little Apache Trail

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Other Names

Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District, Silver Campground, Silver Overflow Campground, Cloudcroft, Little Apache Canyon, Sacramento Mountains

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Lincoln National Forest offers a small trail system that is open to motorcycles, hiking, mountain bikes and horseback riding. The trail forms a loop that begins at Silverwood Campground and ends at the Silver Overflow Campground.

This area has four campgrounds; Silverwood, Saddle and Apache can accommodate trailers up to 30 feet long while larger vehicles can camp at the Silver Overflow Campground which has no length limit. During the summer months live music is usually performed on Saturday nights at the onsite amphitheater.

Overall while this area does not have a lot of trails to explore it would still be a good choice for dual sport motorcycles since there are other trails nearby that can be easily reached.

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Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state without an OHV registration program must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AK, AL, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MS, NC, NE, OK, SC, SD, TN, VA, WV)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $28.00
RV: $28.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $9.00
Silver, Saddle and Apache Campground Fees
CommentSilver Overflow Campground - $24/night, $9/additional vehicle.


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCloudcroft, NM
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Alamogordo, NM
1) Take US-82 East about 17 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto NM-244, continue 1.9 miles
3) Campground entrance is on the right (south).


Contact InfoLincoln National Forest - Sacramento District
4 Lost Lodge Road
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
(575) 682-2551
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-8000
(888) 248-6866
CommentOHV Permit Info


Little Apache Trail Photo

Little Apache Trail

Photo Submitted 8/20/2019 (Thanks!)

Little Apache Trail Photo

Little Apache Trail

Photo Submitted 8/20/2019 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail3
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8700 to 9000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline GasolineCloudcroft, NM
Diesel DieselCloudcroft, NM
Potable Water WaterOn Sitefirst five gallons free, $0.25 per additional gallon; showers - $5/person
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Sugar Pines RV Park (575) 682-3375
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteSilver Campground - $5/use
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv StoreCloudcroft, NM
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